Aberlour 16

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Orange juice, acetone and faint clove. Body: Lighter side of medium and a little waxy. Palate: Orange pulp inc. pith, black pepper and light herbal notes at the end. Finish:  Salty, mixed citrus with decent length. A little flat in the end. Neat/Ice/Water: 40%. Neat. Verdict: Quaffable. It’s […]

Aberfeldy 1996 21 year old (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: A huge pineapple hit, palmier pastry, white wine and a little sap. Body: Medium and a little effervescent. Palate: Butterscotch, lemon and smoked cheese. An odd combination that doesn’t really work for me. Finish: Lemon rind, salt and smoked almonds. Neat/Ice/Water: 54.6%. I like this better with a […]

Ben Nevis 1998 18 year old Rum Finish (Cadenheads)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection standard bottling. Nose: Cotton candy, lime jello, and shortbread. Unusual combo but it works rather well. Body: Light and oily. Palate: Key lime pie, buttery, sugared pastry, some peppermint and a dash of aniseed. Finish: Gently warming but not overly long with growing herbal notes and continued aniseed. Neat/Ice/Water: 50.2% Keep […]

Glendronach 2003 13 year old (Cask # 713)

Bottle: This is a special bottling exclusively for the Green Welly Stop. It’s a single PX cask maturation. Nose: Vanilla, sultana and marzipan. Clean and dry to breathe. Body: Waxy and a little resinous. Palate: Cointreau-ish flavours, burnt brown sugar, a little eucalyptus and toasted oak. Elegant delivery. Good structure. Finish: Medium length and soft. […]

Singleton of Glen Ord 18

Bottle: Fairly plain and conservative labeling but on a flat, wide bottle. Like an over sized hip flask… Nose: Tangerine, beeswax and hay. Soft but pleasant enough. Body: Medium. Good viscosity. Super smooth. Palate: Fresh and clean. Orchard fruits (apricot, nectarine, peach), mirabelle jam and barley sugar in that order. Finish: A little on the […]

Royal Brackla 1995 12 year old (Old Malt Cask)

Bottle: Standard Old Malt Cask bottling by Hunter Laing.  This single cask bottling was distilled in 1994. Refill hogshead. Nose: Wet grass, faint varnish and a strong hit of vanilla. Yum! Body: Lighter side of medium. Silky/creamy. Palate: Candy bananas and coconut oil at the off before shifting to an almost cointreau like orange taste […]

Old Pulteney 17

Bottle: Thick and squashed with a double chin. Makes for a good finger grip (useful in rough seas perhaps… it is the maritime malt after all). Nose: Salted butter, cantaloupe and floral notes. Body: Medium and velvety. Palate: Butterscotch, vanilla, green peppercorns, cereals and beeswax. Reasonably lively. Finish: Long with gentle heat. No real transformation, […]

Tullibardine 1993 23 year old (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s authentic collection bottling. Nose: Marshmallows, desiccated coconut, cinnamon and creamy tropical fruits. A little breathing time goes a long way here. Nice and soft. Body: Medium and a little oily. Palate: Tropical fruits abound, white chocolate, cinnamon and brown sugar. Finish: Lime, black pepper, pineapple and mango. Faint peppermint at the death. Neat/Ice/Water: 47.1%. […]

Aberlour 18

Bottle: Standard Aberlour dumpy style bottle Nose: Creme caramel, Worcestershire sauce, liquorice. Body: Lighter side of medium. A really nice mouth feel to it. Quite soft. Palate: Apricot, milk chocolate, some spice creeping in (light dustings of white pepper and cayenne) ending with a little tobacco and wood. Finish:  Tobacco note keeps going and orange zest […]

Glen Ord 1996 20 year old Chateau Lafitte Finish (Cadenhead’s)

Bottle: Cadenhead’s wood range bottling. Nose: Boiled sweets, red pepper, strawberries and cream. Very nice to breathe and quite enticing. Body: Thick, syrupy and a bit brackish. Palate: Raspberries and rhubarb switching to marzipan and hay. It’s a little odd this one I must say. Finish: Rosemary, cherry liqueur and raspberry jelly. Something clashing here, the herbs […]